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Dell PowerEdge R815 Rack Server - System Overview


Dell R815 front of system with bezel

Dell PowerEdge R815 server is part of Dell's 11th generation server line and supports four AMD Opteron CPUs. AMD processors offer a lower entry price than the 11th generation PowerEdge R810 running Intel Xeon CPUs but still delivers comparable performance and resiliency. The R815 features all the same bells and whistles you'll find on the PowerEdge R810 but instead of Xeons you get AMD processors which offer more physical cores and you'll also save a bundle on the purchase of four AMDs over four Xeon processors.


This server is powered by two or four AMD Opteron 6100, 6200, or 6300 series processors using an AMD chipset. Administrators can start out with just two processors and add two more as needed but most people purchase a four processor system to take advantage of all four processors. The AMD processors offer more physical cores than the Intel Xeon processors supported on the R810 rack server and support comparable memory and hard drives at a more attractive price point.


DDR3 memory both registered DIMMS (RDIMM) and unbuffered DIMMs (UDIMM) are supported on the Dell R815 in four channels per processor with each processor supporting eight memory modules. In a four processor configuration, with all 32 memory slots loaded with 32GB registered DIMMs, the system will support up to 1TB of memory, same as that supported on the PowerEdge R810. Memory Sparing is supported but that will halve your available memory to 512GB but will provide greater resiliency for your data.


There are six storage bays up front to support 2.5-inch SAS, SATA hot-swap HDDs and SSDs depending on your need for storage or performance. The maximum internal storage is listed at 3TB. There's also an optional internal dual SD Card to support a hypervisor with redundancy.


poweredge R815 rack server front management panel detail

Six PCIe slots are supported on the system board, two of which are required to support the PCI riser cards. The risers install in slots three and four respectively, leaving four PCIe slots total to support additional expansion cards. Administrators have options for additional NICs, LOMs, and HD controllers. There are several PERC storage and RAID controllers that are supported on the system. Storage controllers plug into the dedicated SAS slot on Riser1. It also features two embedded Broadcom 5709C dual-port LAN controllers.


Management of the system is handled by Dell's OpenManage and iDRAC6 with LifeCycle controller providing on-site and remote access when used with an Enterprise license key. Without the Enterprise license you still get iDRAC6 Express pre-installed, which is one level up from Basic. An integrated video subsystem is integral to the iDRAC6 and supports only 2D graphics.


Dell's PowerEdge R815 is an excellent addition for space constrained data centers featuring four processors, dense memory, and substantial storage - all in a 2U for factor! AMD processors and chipset also provides a lower cost to performance ratio when compared to PowerEdge servers powered by Intel Xeon processors and most likely you'll never notice the difference.

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Dell PowerEdge R815 Rack Server - Specifications

Processor - 4 Socket
  • AMD Opteron™ 6100, 6200 and 6300 series processors
Operating System
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2, x86/x64 (x64 includes Hyper-V®)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, x64 (includes Hyper-V v2)
  • Microsoft Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
  • Virtualization options:

  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • Microsoft Hyper-V through Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • VMware® vSphere® ESX™ and ESXi™
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization®
    AMD (SR5650, SR5670 and SP5100)
    Up to 1TB
    Up to 1600MT/s DDR3
    32 DIMM slots: 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB
    Hot-plug Hard Drive Options:

  • 2.5” SAS SSD, SATA SSD, SAS (15K, 10K), nearline SAS (7.2K), SATA (7.2K), SAA 512e (15K)
  • Maximum Internal Storage:

  • Up to 6TB
Drive Bays
    Hot-Swap options available:

  • Up to six 2.5" SATA SSD, SAS, nearline SAS, or SATA drives
    6 PCIe G2 slots + 1 storage slot:

  • Five x8 slots
  • One x4 slot
  • One x4 Storage slot
RAID Controller

  • PERC H200
  • PERC H700 (6Gb/s) with 512MB battery-backed cache; 512MB, 1GB Non-Volatile battery-backed cache
  • SAS 6/iR
  • PERC 6/i with 256MB battery-backed cache
  • External:

  • PERC H800 (6Gb/s) with 512MB of battery-backed cache; 512MB, 1GB Non-Volatile battery-backed cache
  • PERC 6/E with 256MB or 512MB of battery-backed cache
  • External HBAs (non-RAID):

  • 6Gbps SAS HBA
  • SAS 5/E HBA
Network Controller
    Two Dual-Port Broadcom 5709C Gigabit NICs
  • Intel® 10GBase-T Copper Single-Port NIC, PCIe x8
  • Intel Single-Port Server Adapter, 10 Gigabit, SR Optical, PCIe x8
  • Broadcom® BMC57710 10Base-T Copper Single-Port NIC, PCIe x8
  • Broadcom 10GbE NIC, Broadcom Dual-Port 10GbE SFP+
  • Intel Gigabit ET Dual-Port Server Adapter
  • Intel Gigabit ET Quad-Port Server Adapter
  • Brocade® CNA Dual-Port adapter
  • Emulex® CNA iSCSI HBA stand up adapter OCE10102-IX-D
  • Emulex CNA iSCSI HBA stand up adapter OCE10102-FX-D
  • Optional add in Fibre Channel HBAs:

  • QLogic® QLE2462 FC4 Dual-Port
  • QLogic QLE220 FC4 Single-Port
  • QLogic QLE2460 FC4 Single-Port
  • QLogic QLE2562 FC8 Dual-Port, PCIe 2.0 x4
  • QLogic QLE2560 FC8 Single-Port, PCIe 2.0 x4
  • QLogic QLE2660 FC16 Single-Port, PCIe 3.0 x4
  • QLogic QLE2662 FC16 Dual-Port, PCIe 3.0 x4
  • Emulex® LPe-1150 FC4 Single-Port, PCIe x4
  • Emulex LPe-11002 FC4 Dual-Port, PCIe x4
  • Emulex LPe-12000, FC8 Single-Port, PCIe 2.0 x4
  • Emulex LPe-12002, FC8 Dual-Port, PCIe 2.0 x4
  • Brocade FC4 and 8 GB HBAs
  • One hot-pluggable non-redundant 1100W power supply
  • Two hot-pluggable redundant 1100W power supplies
  • Hot-plug hard drives
  • Hot-plug redundant power
  • Dual SD modules
  • ECC memory
  • Interactive LCD screen
Graphics Card
    Matrox G200eW w/ 8MB
    2U Rack
    Height: 8.64cm (3.40”)
    Width: 48.24cm (18.99”)
    Depth: 71.75cm (28.25”)
  • Dell™ OpenManage™
  • BMC, IPMI 2.0 compliant
  • iDRAC6 Express, with optional upgrade to iDRAC6 Enterprise and vFlash
  • Microsoft® System Center Essential (SCE) 2010 v2
Rack Support
    Sliding ReadyRails™ for 4-post racks, static ReadyRails™ for 4-post and 2-post racks, and optional support for cable management arm

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